Types of Donations

  • Whole Blood

    Most people donate whole blood—approximately 1 pint. After donation, your blood is separated into its components (red blood cells, platelets, and plasma) for distribution to local hospitals. 

    Total time to donate: 1 hour (from registration through refreshments)

    Can be donated: every 56 days

  • Double Red Cell Donors (ALYX)

    Eligible donors can give two units of red blood cells on the ALYX Component Collection System.  The machine separates the red blood cells and returns the other blood components to the donor.  Red blood cells are the most common component used in blood transfusions.  The ALYX program allows the Blood Bank to collect more blood – and save more lives – with one donation.  

    ALYX Requirements

    Men should be at least 5′ 1″ and 130 pounds.
    Women should be at least 5′ 5″ and 150 pounds.

    Total time to donate: 1 hour, 15 minutes (from registration through refreshments)

    Can be donated: every 112 days 

  • Platelet Pheresis

    Platelets are a part of blood critically needed to treat people with leukemia or other cancers. Platelets are collected from donors during a process called pheresis, which means “to separate.” During platelet pheresis, the donor’s blood passes through a machine that collects the platelets and returns the other components to the donor. The process takes about 90 minutes, is safe and sterile, and provides a lifesaving blood product for seriously ill patients.

    Why Platelets Are So Needed?

    Platelets don’t last very long. They have a very short shelf life – only five days. So, donors are needed every day to provide this lifesaving product.

    Platelet Donors are Extra Special

    Platelet donors relax in a reclining chair, cover up with a warm blanket, and have a selection of movies to watch on a personal TV/DVD. We hope you’ll give pheresis a try!

    Total time to donate: up to 2 hours, 30 minutes 

    Can be donated: every 14 days, up to 24 times each year


Find out if you are eligible for whole blood donation, double red cells (ALYX), or platelet pheresis by calling 1-888-8-BLOOD-8!